Secret Coastline II: More Journeys and Discoveries Along BC's Shores


303 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 1-55285-662-3
DDC 971.1'05





Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is the financial and budget manager of the University of
British Columbia Library.


Like its award-winning predecessor, Secret Coastline, this collection of
24 stories developed out of shorter pieces the author prepared for his
monthly column “Coastlines,” in the Georgia Straight newspaper or
for publication in West-world magazine. Now updated and expanded, they
recount his experiences with B.C. coastal culture, geography, and
history. The first group of six tales focuses on natural history:
mosses, humpback whales, grizzly bears, birding, Sakinaw sockeye salmon,
and Garry oak trees. The remaining 18 are vivid travelogues of his
explorations, primarily by kayak, of waterways and communities along the
west coast of the B.C. mainland and on the islands between it and
Vancouver Island.

Andrew Scott is an engaging writer whose concern for the environment
and empathy with the coastal way of life come through clearly in his


Scott, Andrew., “Secret Coastline II: More Journeys and Discoveries Along BC's Shores,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024,